ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Welcome to the Honda Center, where the Bruins will take on the Ducks this evening, an extremely difficult task. Anaheim is the only team in the NHL that is unbeaten in regulation at home. The Bruins, meanwhile, are a pedestrian 10-8-0 on the road.
The Bruins would do well to start this road trip on a good note, because it doesn't get much easier from here, with games coming up in Los Angeles and San Jose this week, a test that Claude Julien called "needed" for his team.
But Anaheim also knows it has a challenge with the Bruins.
"A tremendous challenge," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "A team that goes to the Stanley Cup finals every year, or wins it. To me, right now, they're the best club in the East and it's going to be a real challenge for us to match their size and strength. Just when it comes to big games, Boston's always there."
Game time: 10 p.m.
TV, radio: NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)
Records: Bruins 28-12-2, Ducks 31-8-5
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Justin Florek-Gregory Campbell-Daniel Paille
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Notes: Jordan Caron skated with the team in morning skate, but he will not play tonight. Florek, as expected, will take his place on the fourth line ... The Bruins beat the Ducks in their only other meeting this season, 3-2, in a shootout ... Anaheim is the fifth team in 40 NHL seasons to record points in each of its first 19 home games. The Bruins did it (19-0-2) in 1973-74. The other teams were Philadelphia (19-0-7 in 1979-80), the Islanders (19-0-4 in 1978-79), and San Jose (20-0-2 in 2008-09) ... The referees are Don VanMassenhoven and Tim Peel. The linesmen are Brian Mach and Steve Miller.